Before we dive in I have to say we’ll have no sewing with hammers this evening. I managed to slam my thumb very hard with a hammer today while I was trying to juggle camera, hammer, hardware and skirt. I cried a little bit, and I don’t cry for things like that!
My thumb is bruised and the only good photo I got was of my husband Stephen finishing up the snaps so I could wear my skirt to show you. Don’t worry, I’m not one to let a hammer get the best of me, I’ll have another whack at the Sewing with Hammers post over the weekend…
Instead, tonight I bring you the Appliqued Exposed Zipper visual reference guide. I’ve seen this treatment on all kinds of clothes and am always struck by the simple brazenness of it- like it’s saying “Hel-lo, I’m a zipper, so what!” Cynical me wonders if exposed zippers are a trend because they’re cheaper to insert in terms of labor?
Anyway, the bulky flat fell yoke seam and stiff fabric told me that my CB zipper should be firmer than my usual invisible zip so I tried my own idea of how this treatment should work. I used a metal jeans zipper and a little bit of fusible webbing. It’s easy, and very clean to insert. I could hardly believe it went together so simply.
Part 1- Finished and Wearable, but not quite It
After I smashed my thumb, I decided to temporarily forgo the rest of the rivets and snaps I wanted to apply. I’ll play with it this weekend and report back on Monday. The flat fell seam and the waistband visual reference guides are in the works, too!
I like the hefty weight of this fabric, it’s not at all hard to handle (heat, steam, clapper). 14oz twill works just as well for this cut as a 7oz, though the resulting garments are hardly identical. Funny how that happens- the same exact cut will behave so very differently depending on the fabric.
My thumb may be killing me and I may not have the hammer shots I want, but I do love the way the back yoke seam flows into the pocket seaming! This particular fabric doesn’t show it that well, but I cut the back yoke and skirt upper front on the crosswise grain. In a stripe or a streaky denim wash, this would be very interesting indeed. I wonder how it will look as it ages…?
What do you think about rivets on this skirt, perhaps at the upper end of the pocket seam? On one hand, this is more a “jeansy” skirt than a regular denim one. I think a fly would look weird on the front, and once I decided against that it was also easy to nix the belt loops. And back pockets? Do I need them with the back yoke and appliqued zipper? Or is that quite enough embellishment for one backside?
I’m working offline over the weekend, and will be back on Monday. Let me know what you’d suggest about the rivets etc, I think I may even re-sew the waistband. Some of the top-stitching is bugging me.
Next week I have some cutting layouts and a stripey Hummingbird Dress to share!
Muses- Last week, I put out a call for bloggers who would like to work with me testing Red Velvet and having a little internet fun. I’ll be finalizing my list in the next 24 hours and will email you if I think the project is a good fit. Many thanks to everyone who applied, I wish I could work with everyone on this!
(Let me know when your patterns start turning up, too! I expect to start hearing from y’all about it over the weekend perhaps! Things have been hectic, I don’t want to blog about it but your patterns are a-coming! Woohoo!)